Nick Snyder was born on a cold February afternoon in 1986. When the doctor took one look at him, he grinned and said, “This kid is destined for great things.” Not really…but Nick likes to think that happened. In Kindergarten he was sketching; by 7th grade he was coding. Ever since, Nick possessed the rare talent of combining design with development. He’s passionate about responsive web design, beautiful colors, and all things typography.
Nick received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of the Arts in (the always sunny) Philadelphia, PA. He studied under DeAngela Duff, Geoff DiMasi, K.Lynne Koval-Bauer, Katherine Bennet, Slavko Milekic, Chris Myers, and Camille Paglia. His senior thesis was a kinetic sculpture that explored the idea of emotional machines and their effect on humans. The sculpture featured an artificial emotional intelligence algorithm that could be altered via environmental changes. If that sounds crazy, that’s because it was.
After UArts, Nick got a job working as a designer/developer for Environmental Tectonics Corporation in Southampton, PA. During his time there, he converted all fourteen of the companies websites from table-based designs to a W3C standards compliant, Wordpress-powered sites. He also created a video Christmas card that was picked up by Wired.com’s Geek Dad blog.
Nick moved to Boston in 2010 and took a position as the sole designer at Cheng and Tsui, an educational publisher. During his time there, he created dozens of marketing pieces (banners, pamphlets, brochures, and posters), founded and edited a daily video podcast, and even took a crack at cover design. Although he was hired to be a designer, Nick also lent a hand to the only developer on-staff, creating and maintaing several front-end elements.
Nick currently works at Mad*Pow—an experience design agency located in Boston’s Leather District—as a front-end designer. To date, Nick boasts a healthy client resume that includes the NFL, The New England Journal of Medicine, ESPN, Humana, Aetna, John Hancock, ZirMed, and Intuit.
Nick does more than just play with pixels: he’s a passionate urban cyclist, a long distance runner, and an amateur musician. Nick’s vices include the Philadelphia Phillies, animated GIFs, the Legend of Zelda, and a forbidden love with a hammock in Cape May, NJ—did we mention that he’s an adult?
Speaking Engagements and Workshops
- Clean Code or GTFO - Front-End Design Conference 2012
- Responsive Web Design - UXPA Boston 2013
- Rebounding with Web Animation - HxRefactored 2014
- Rebounding with Web Animation - WebVisions Chicago 2014
Publications and Mentions
NickSnyder.is was designed using Bohemian Coding’s Sketch 3 and developed using Panic’s Coda 2. Both the design and development process of this site were heavily influenced by Brad Frost’s Atomic Web Design.
NickSnyder.is runs on the latest package of the brilliant flat-file content management system, Statamic. All of the stylesheets are written and compiled with Sass and are compressed/minified/deployed using Grunt.